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BSAF warns on last-minute entries

Arin Kumar
Tuesday, January 22, 2013

BILLIARDS and Snooker Association of Fiji is hoping to confirm the players that will represent Fiji in the Oceania Championship by early next month.

In past years the national body received late entries for the tournament and they want to eliminate the 'last minute application' trend.

Association secretary Praveen Maharaj said the deadline to confirm participation was February 4. He believes two weeks is enough time for players to decide whether they want to be part of the national side or no.

"In the past we have had cases where players leave it to the last minute to inform us that they want to participate in international competition," Maharaj said. "That makes it hard for the national body to run around trying to arrange entry into the tournament for the players and visas," he said.

"So we don't want any of that anymore and players will be given a deadline after which no entries will be accepted by the national body and their participation will depend on themselves."

The Oceania Championship will be held in March in Papua New Guinea and BSAF wants to apply for visa and entries way before time so players have enough time to prepare for the event.

Fiji's performance in the event in the past year has been poor and Maharaj said they wanted this year to be different.

"The only time we did good was in 2010 when Deepak Bala reached the top 16 competition otherwise, all other times, players did not even make it to the top 32.

"This time, if Suman Lal decided to participate in the event, I think he would have a very good chance to do well at the tournament.

"I say this because recently he did century break (104) which is a pretty good start players would need against opponents in the Oceania Championship," he said.





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